gastr-, gastro-, gaster-, gastero-, gastri-, -gastria-

(Greek: stomach, belly)

Divination with magic or astrology.
A reference to the practice of divination with magic or astrology.
A reference to any disorder which results in a partial inability to work or to function; which may occur in a neuroses.
1. Referring to or pertaining to the middle region of the abdomen, or of the stomach.
2. The middle area of the abdomen surrounding the navel.
Newly formed; said especially of rocks and minerals.
One of a group of RNA viruses that are responsible predominantly for acute respiratory diseases and are usually transmitted in an airborne manner.

The paramyxoviruses include the agents of mumps, measles (rubeola), RSV (respiratory syncytial virus, which mainly afflicts children), Newcastle disease, parainfluenza, Sendai virus and Hendra virus.

Many of the paramyxoviruses cause disease in animals; such as, canine distemper and turkey rhinotracheitis.

percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) (s) (noun), percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomies (pl)
1. A method used for long-term tube feeding, in which a tube is inserted through the chest wall into the stomach under endoscopic guidance.
2. Artificial feeding through a tube passed through the skin into the stomach.

Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy is a surgical procedure for placing a feeding tube, but it does not necessitate doing an open laparotomy (operation on the abdomen).

The aim of PEG (as with any gastrostomy) is to feed those who can not normally swallow their food. Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy may be done by a surgeon, otolaryngologist, or a gastroenterologist. It is usually done in a hospital or outpatient surgical facility.

See gavage for information about a similar procedure.

philogastric (noun), more philogastric, most philogastric
Characterizing someone who is gluttonous: Sam's brother was philogastric and always went back for seconds or thirds just in order to stuff his stomach regardless to the quality of the meals or if he felt ill afterwards!.
philogastrist (s) (noun), philogastrists (pl)
Someone who is overly fond of food: Chuck knew a man who was especially greedy for more and more food, and he ate many times a day. His acquaintances termed him as being a philogastrist, and he became extremely obese just in a few months.